EAA Chapter 124 logo

EAA Chapter 124 History

The nucleus of E.A.A. Chapter 124 started its growth in the early sixties when a few enthusiasts who were aware of the Experimental Aircraft Association got together and probed the possibilities of forming their own Chapter. This became a reality when in 1962 the group was awarded a Charter as Chapter 124, and it has been moving onward and upward ever since.

Mike Murphy's Cougar was the first homebuilt to fly in 1962, followed by Rex Cantrel's Pitts Special a few years later, and Bob Boehm's Starduster Too shortly thereafter. Since then, Chapter 124 has fledged a whole bevy of homebuilts, including a couple of Oshkosh Grand Champions and a Reno Racer that is almost a homebuilt.

In April of 1972, Chapter 124 was able to obtain a long-term lease of some land at the Sonoma County Airport on which the Chapter financed and built its own hangars and tie-downs. The first structure to be erected was Lloyd Hamilton's hangar. Lloyd agreed that if members would supply the labor to construct it, he would purchase a hangar and have a well drilled. A year later the need for an on-site guard and security became necessary due to airplanes being vandalized. Once again, members joined together and with the help of Art Beer and his construction equipment, set up what we now know as our Facilities Chairman's house. Chapter 124 is also home to our latest addition... the CAFE Test Facility for the purpose of testing general aviation aircraft for performance and efficiency. Construction was completed April of 1993 and dedicated on Aviation Day, May 8, 1993.

Our Chapter plays host to many activities during the year, such as our Annual Dinner / Dance, a barbeque, flyouts, and any other reason our members can think to get together and have a good time.

All of our members have equal status, and all are encouraged to participate in our Chapter's functions. You need not own an airplane, and you don't even need to be a pilot. All you need is a love for airplanes, and if you have that, you will be among friends!

Come aboard and share some of the fun. Visit our Membership page to find out about becoming a member of Chapter 124!

Chapter Presidents

James Shelton 


Del West 


Bob Boehm 


Charles Gabbert 


Rex Cantrell 


Sam Wertz 


James Carter 


Bill Cannam 


Art Beer 


Ray Foreaker 


Erik Peterson 


Gail Rathbun


Larry Ford 


Don Prestin 


Ken McDermott 


Bud Waldo 


Denny Parmer 


Bill Badstubner 


Bill Massey 


Ed Bergreen 


Bill Massey


Michael Tovani 


Dale Wittman

2001 - 2002

Joe Wiegand

2003 - 2004

Bob Gutteridge

2005 - 2006

Joe Lacchia

2007 - 2008

Jim DuVander

2009 - 2010

Wayne Cook

2011 - current